Neck Pain

Pain Medicine Group

Interventional Pain Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Fort Myers, FL, Oviedo, FL & Sarasota, FL

Whether it’s the result of poor posture or an injury like whiplash, neck pain is a problem that affects many people. If your neck pain also causes numbness or has been lingering for several weeks or months, the team at Pain Medicine Group can provide relief with a range of conservative and interventional treatments. Call to schedule an appointment with Michael A. Worobel, DO at the Fort Myers office, Nicole E. Burns, DO in Sarasota, or Mauna M. Radahd, MD or Jason C.Tse, DO in Oviedo, Florida, or use the online booking tool.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

With all of its moving parts and its responsibility of supporting the weight of your head, your neck is highly vulnerable to injury. Common neck injuries and conditions that can result in pain include:

  • Muscle strains: from overuse or sudden movement
  • Arthritis: degeneration of the joints in your neck leading to inflammation
  • Nerve compression: herniated discs in the neck that irritate the nerves
  • Injury: such as whiplash
  • Spondylosis: a form of arthritis that affects the facet joints

The severity and type of your neck pain may vary, ranging from a dull ache to muscle spasms and tightness. Neck pain can also affect your mobility and cause headaches.

When should I see a doctor about my neck pain?

Neck pain can resolve on its own without the need for specialized treatment, but if your neck pain is severe or prolonged, it may be time to schedule an appointment with the pain management specialists at Pain Medicine Group.

You should also get yourself checked out if the pain travels down your shoulders or arms, or if it causes numbness or tingling.

How is neck pain treated?

The experts at Pain Medicine Group use conservative measures to treat neck pain, including:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy helps relieve neck pain by improving the strength of the supporting muscles and your range of motion. Your doctor may recommend a series of physical therapy sessions depending on the severity of your symptoms.

TENS

A transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) unit uses low-voltage electricity to reduce neck pain. This pain management therapy is safe, effective, and noninvasive.

Traction

A traction device uses special pulleys to gently stretch your spine to alleviate neck pain caused by nerve irritation.

The team at Pain Medicine Group are interventional pain medicine experts and may also offer various injections, such as facet joint injections, epidural steroid injections, or medial branch blocks, depending on the source of your pain and your symptoms.

What can I do at home to alleviate neck pain?

In addition to the treatments offered at the office, the specialists at Pain Medicine Group also provide recommendations for neck pain management at home, including:

  • Use of ice packs
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Proper neck positioning when on the phone or on the computer

The team may also recommend that you add magnesium supplements to your regimen. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer, which can help ease tension in the neck.

For medical management of your neck pain, call the pain experts at Pain Medicine Group for a consultation and treatment plan or book an appointment online.